Shaun Ry­der: 'Cycling helped me kick drug habit'

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Shaun Ry­der says cycling got him off drugs. The Black Grape front­man - who pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted his heroin habit was out of con­trol by 1992 - has been clean for over 15 years and cred­its cycling with help­ing him to kick drugs com­pletely. He told The Guardian news­pa­per: "It was cycling that got me off drugs. I'd get on my bike very early in the morn­ing and keep cycling un­til very late at night, day af­ter day, un­til it was out of the sys­tem. I was ped­alling from 8am un­til 11pm. But once that's done, you still have to deal with the men­tal stuff." Shaun, 54, had pre­vi­ously tried to quit heroin by us­ing a stom­ach im­plant but it was an ut­ter dis­as­ter. He said: "Try­ing to quit heroin us­ing a stom­ach im­plant was dis­as­trous. I tried it in 1995 when it was still a new thing. The prob­lem was that they with­draw you while you're out un­con­scious, and I ex­pected to wake up feel­ing fine. But I didn't. I woke up and it was mur­der­ous." Shaun also re­vealed that he and his daugh­ters had tick­ets for Ari­ana Grande's con­cert at the Manch­ester Arena last month, where 22 peo­ple died in a ter­ror­ist bomb­ing, but they de­cided not to go at the last minute. He ex­plained: "We were sup­posed to be at the Ari­ana Grande show the night of the at­tack. We had tick­ets. We'd done Lit­tle Mix there a cou­ple of months be­fore and my girls were hop­ing to meet her. But it was a sunny night, we'd been out for ice cream and they didn't men­tion it, so we didn't go."

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